Glossary of Terms
Like any industry, ours uses a variety of terms. If you want to find out what they mean, you are in the right place! Simply click on a letter to see its list of terms. If the term you are looking for isn't listed in our glossary feel free to contact us so that we may help you as well as add it to our list.
A pica (pronounced "PIKE-ah") is a unit of measure traditionally used in document layout. A pica measures 1 / 6 of an inch, and is used to measure the size of blocks of type, margins and other macroscopic elements of page layout.
1 / 12 of a pica is a point, which is the standard unit for measuring font size and leading. There are 72 points in an inch or 6 picas in an inch.
A measurement in picas is usually represented by placing a small letter p after the number of picas. "10 picas" is thus abbreviated to "10p". Likewise, points are represented by placing the number of points after a small p, such as 0p5 for "5 points", 6p2 for "6 picas and 2 points" or 1p1 for "13 points" which is converted to a mixed fraction of "1 pica and 1 point".